If you don’t know, don’t go.
A child is run over by a car in a driveway every week in Australia.
Young children, especially toddlers, can be unpredictable. That’s why it’s crucial to always be on your guard, especially around driveways.
Even with reverse camera technology, a small child can be difficult to see when directly behind a vehicle.
RACQ’s Kids and Cars Program is designed to teach new parents tricks and tips to keep kids safe at home and in the car.
Education Officer Louise Hart said RACQ had developed the program for parents, foster carers and educators in an effort to increase children’s safety around cars.
“Sadly, many incidents occur at home with three children killed or injured in low speed driveway incidents every week in Queensland,” Ms Hart said.
“We’re hoping to reduce this alarming statistic through our Kids and Cars Program, which arms carers with skills and strategies to ensure the children they’re responsible for are as safe as possible when they’re in and around cars.
“We show participants how to fit a child restraint properly and we’re available to check parents, carers or educators’ vehicles to ensure their restraints have been fitted correctly and safely.”
The program includes safety information about:
- School zones
- Driver distraction
- Unrestrained passengers and items
- Driveway safety
- Child restraints
- Laws and regulations.
RACQ’s Kids and Cars Program is available in Ipswich, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Groups of parents, educators and carers who would like to attend the free program can call 1300 853 658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips to prevent driveway accidents from Kidsafe
Know where your kids are at all times when around moving vehicles. Physically hold them close to you or put them in the car with you. Teach kids to wave bye-bye from a safe place – never the driveway. Never leave children unattended in cars.
Use fences and self-closing gates to keep garages and driveways separate from play areas. Always keep car doors locked. Prevent toddlers gaining access to garages by installing doors that open inward to the house, self-close and have highset handles. Treat the driveway like a road – never a play area.
Walk around your car and keep children in mind when using your reversing mirrors, sensors or cameras. Cameras are designed to prevent damage to cars, not children, and sometimes a child may not be visible until it’s too late. Understand how little you can see behind your car – vehicle size is not always a good indicator. Some family sedans have a blind spot of more than 15 metres - it’s possible to fit more than 60 pre-schoolers behind a vehicle and not see them from the driver’s seat.